FARM5170 – Drugs for treatment of degenerative and life style diseases

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is based on lower lever pharmacology courses and will provide in-depth understanding of drug treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, degenerative bone diseases (osteoporosis, arthrosis), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes and obesity. The course will provide advanced knowledge on current drug treatments and possible future drug treatments for various patient groups, including children and elderly. The course also includes "biological" drugs, polypharmaceuticals, diagnostics, new biomarkers, and societal aspects of pharmaceuticals such as pharmacoeconomics and use of individual health registries and databases (big data) for pharmacoepidemiological studies.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you have in depth knowledge about pathophysiology of the mentioned disease groups / conditions
  • you have broad knowledge and can communicate present drug therapy and possible future drug treatments for health professionals and different patient groups, both for children and elderly
  • you have knowledge of diagnostic methods and identification of new biomarkers to identify preventative and therapeutic measures and to monitor the effect of various medical interventions
  • you can identify problems related to the use of several drugs at the same time (polypharmacy) such as drug interactions
  • you can appraise important societal aspects of drug treatments including efficacy and safety at the individual and community level, with a focus on both children and the elderly, as well as drug priorities in the health service

Admission to the course

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo. If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent academic background.

Overlapping courses


Each topic runs over two weeks. The first day of each topic period includes introductory lecture(s), students are divided into groups and assignments are given for group work (1-2 hours). On the next day of the topic period, the theme ends with student-driven discussions / review and summary of the assignments / theme in plenary (1-2 hours).

Approximately 29 teaching hours in total.

The course may be cancelled if the number of enrolled students are low.


Final written digital exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade. 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. English on request.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 28, 2021 12:10:58 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)